Newsbites: June 3rd | The Family Fork

Newsbites: June 3rd

First the good:

Kudos to Green Giant and Nickelodeon for joining forces to encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. Soon Sponge Bob Square Pants, Dora the Explorer Diego from "Go Diego Go" will grace the labels of Green Giant green beans, corn, broccoli and fresh grapes. And in their brilliance, packages will also come complete with stickers for the kiddies to stick all over themselves. Progress in advertising is being made.

Now the not so great:

Turns out summer time may be detrimental to your teen's waistline. In a new study just released in the June issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, fitness gains by overweight teens participating in school-based lifestyle oriented PE programs were undone after the 3 month summer break. Our kids' home and surrounding environments seem to encourage sedentary behavior with ample opportunity to consume calories. School really can be part of the answer, is year round school part of the answer too?

More evidence that sugary beverages are linked to weight gain, and this time in preschoolers. Researchers in Canada studied the diets of over 2000 preschoolers and report in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association that drinking sugar sweetened beverages between meals puts some children at risk for being overweight. My questions is: What are preschoolers doing drinking any sugar sweetened beverages at all? Between meals or otherwise? This sets a bad precedent, especially during such formative years. I don't need to read research to know this is not a good thing!

Have a fruit and veggie filled week that's sugary beverage free!
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Registered dietitian Andrea N. Giancoli is a nutrition advocate, consultant and educator.